Best Colleges for Hispanic Students

These colleges have a high number of Hispanic students in attendance and have programs and offerings dedicated to Hispanic and Latino/a heritage.

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Updated September 23, 2022

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Hispanic students increased their college enrollment numbers significantly between 2000 and 2020, and continuing efforts are being carried out to improve these numbers further. For example, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) have worked to help these learners gain access to better support systems and educational environments.

The top colleges for Hispanic students offer a combination of specialized educational options, support services, and campus programs. They host events and house research and resource centers that celebrate and immerse students in Latino/a cultures.

The following section includes a ranked list of the best colleges for Hispanic students. To create this ranking, we used our standard methodology to find schools that excel academically. Our team then compared that list to the 313 HACU-member schools in the U.S. to find the best schools for Hispanic, Latino/a, and Chicano/a students.

Read on to learn more about the best colleges for Hispanic students and what makes them special.

Ranking compiled by the BestColleges Ranking Team

Best Colleges for Hispanic Students

  1. Florida International University
    Location

    Miami, FL

    Total Population: 58,836

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 68%

  2. California State University-Northridge
    Location

    Northridge, CA

    Total Population: 40,381

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 52.70%

  3. The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Location

    San Antonio, TX

    Total Population: 34,742

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 59.10%

  4. University of New Mexico
    Location

    Albuquerque, NM

    Total Population: 22,311

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 50%

  5. University of Nevada-Las Vegas
    Location

    Las Vegas, NV

    Total Population: 31,142

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 32.20%

  6. University of Illinois at Chicago
    Location

    Chicago, IL

    Total Population: 33,518

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 34.40%

  7. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Location

    New York City, NY

    Total Population: 15,766

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 51%

  8. Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Location

    Denver, CO

    Total Population: 19,086

    Hispanic or Latino/a Population: 32%

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Frequently Asked Questions About Colleges for Hispanic Students

What are HACU schools?

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities represents the majority of the nation's Hispanic-Serving Institutions. HSIs are schools where Hispanic learners make up at least 25% of the student population. HACU represents more than 300 schools across the country.

Which colleges are Hispanic/Latino-friendly?

Many colleges feature a diverse student population and provide services and support for learners from all backgrounds. However, due to their large Hispanic representation, HSIs tend to offer more specialized services, programs, and events. Prospective students can locate HSIs in HACU's database.

Are there any Hispanic-only colleges?

While many schools feature a predominantly Hispanic population, no schools restrict access to other races and ethnicities. However, in many schools in Puerto Rico, such as the University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo, Hispanic students make up 100% of the student population, according to Excelencia in Education.

What university has the largest Hispanic population?

With more than 32,000 Hispanic students, Florida International University boasts the largest population of Hispanic learners in the U.S.

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